On the heels of today’s big announcements at the Windows Phone Summit, Skype announced Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone, which is an incremental update to the existing Skype for Windows Phone app that brings some minor improvements — and major bug fixes — to the table.
To quote the changelog, here are the improvements that have been made:
- All phonebook contacts with at least one number are shown in the Skype contact list.
- Ability to edit a phone number in dial-pad before calling.
And the bug fixes:
- Events such as a calendar notification or incoming call will no longer end a Skype call in progress.
- IM messages not successfully sent will show a “pending” indicator.
- Various crashes and memory leaks have been fixed
However, a plethora of known issues remain:
- Answering an incoming phone call will end your Skype call.
- A conference call will appear as a 1:1 call. The chat and profile views are between the Windows Phone recipient and the conference call host. To view the group chat content, navigate to the recent messages pivot and select the group conversation. To return to the call, navigate to the Skype home screen (by pressing the notification badge in the top right corner), then click on the call-in-progress indicator at the top of the screen.
- There is no visible indication if your call is placed on hold by remote party.
- Accepting a cellular call while on a Skype call will not place the Skype call on hold. Both calls will be in progress and the Windows Phone user can hear both conversations.
- Loading an extremely long chat history may crash the Skype application.
- Bluetooth headsets are not supported for audio or video calling.
- Word suggestions in Russian do not work properly.
We can hope that most of these issues will be addressed with Windows Phone 8. After all, there are some major improvements to Skype — and VoIP integration within the OS as a whole — coming with Apollo, as Microsoft revealed during today’s Windows Phone Summit. Skype 1.2 should hit the Windows Phone Marketplace very soon.